If I know about anything at all, then it’s the art of procrastination. I know that I should do something but ultimately, I end up doing very little. Despite reading many books on the subject, I still achieve very little and this is very sad as I know I could do so much!
Every morning I wake up with the “Wow, it’s a new day! Let’s go and do something!” feeling but that never seems to translate into actually doing much.
I’m currently listening to the audiobook, “Stick with It – The Science of Lasting Behaviour” by Dr Sean Young. Here’s the link: Stick With It
It’s an interesting book about completing things, seeing it through. Something I have struggled with my whole life. I have grand ideas that never amount to much. Are these ideas dreams or goals? Whatever they are, they are not working for me.
So what is the difference? Are dreams something that I can never hope to achieve? Or are they just really big goals? I know that the only way to complete a goal is to break it down into baby steps, and tackle them one by one.
If anyone out there actually bothers to read this, then I would value your opinion, what do you think?
It’s all change over here at Elemental Core! Gone is the old Zenfolio website and I have decided to build my own.
I was using Zenfolio as my host for many years and at first I thought is would be perfect for my needs as a photographer. I can shoot, upload and sell directly from my site. This never really happened. The site just became a repository for my images. I would do a shoot and often just upload all the “keepers”. The result was an unruly and disorganised mess!
Zenfolio was very good for sharing work with clients though but ultimately I found it too restricting. I had lost control.
There is a lot more to life than just photography.
I should clarify that statement somewhat. Without immersing yourself in life you will never produce meaningful images. This immersion is a two way street. An artist must have communication with the world around. You could argue that a body of work can be a personal thing that doesn’t need external input but I have tried that and it didn’t work for me. Why? I became isolated, cut off.
This was always part of each assignment brief at university and it constantly gave me nightmares. how can I know who my target audience is? Is it not anyone that takes the time to view my work? I now see what a naive person I was.
“You need to know where you are going or you will never arrive!”
I don’t know if that is an original quote there but it did come out of my head. I will add that it bears a resemblance to this one from Zig Ziglar:
“If you aim at nothing you will hit it every time.”
Even if you create something that is very personal it will still appeal to a segment of the population.
Of course, this matters little if you are a hobbyist, but if you want to make a living from this stuff then you had better take your audience seriously.